Unlike its stable mate, Loreto is aged in a large old wood vat. The flavours of this wine are more effeminate and finer than the Brich Ronchi. Ripe, wild raspberry and bramble flavours, some hints of violet persist on the finish. This will come round after 4-5 years and its superb balance should allow the wine to age gracefully over the next 8-10 years.
The estate was established in 1960, when Giacomo Rocca decided to divide his property in Barbaresco between his two sons Albino and Alfonso. Albino's son Angelo now manages their 9 hectares of vineyards, a third of which are planted with Nebbiolo for Barbaresco, the rest are planted with Dolcetto, Cortese and Barbera Dolcetto and Barbera are grape varieties that are rarely spoken of in the same breath as Nebbiolo, however Angelo Rocca’s belief in these two varieties and the attention he pays the vines during the growing season show what individual and superb wine they can produce. His two Nebbiolos are divine, if very different, examples of Barbaresco. The Loreto is perhaps the more classic being a very seductive and elegant wine while the sturdy Brich Ronchi is more akin to a Barolo and, unlike the big old ‘botti’(barrels) used for the Loreto, is aged in new barriques for a year. Collectively Angelo's are outgoing and bold, effervescing with tremendously ripe, profound and precise fruit.
Piedmont sitting at the foot of the mountains is justly regarded as one of, if not the finest wine growing region in Italy. The noblest grape found in the region in undoubtedly Nebbiolo, with the DOCG's of Barolo and Barbaresco at the forefront of production. Barbera and Dolcetto come in second and third, and being earlier ripening are often found located on those sides of the hills that receive less sunshine. The wines from Piedmont are intrinsically food friendly wines, a fact understandable given the culinary strength of the area.